Definition of buteo in English:


Syllabification: bu·te·o
Pronunciation: /ˈbyo͞otēō

noun (plural buteos)

Ornithology , chiefly US
  • A bird of prey of a group distinguished by broad wings that are used for soaring.
    • Buteo and related genera, family Accipitridae; many species, including the buzzards and the red-tailed and Harris’s hawks
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    • It's easy this time of year to forget that the skies belong to birds other than buteos, accipiters, and their ilk.
    • For example, most buteos eat primarily small mammals and most accipiters prey on birds.
    • Even better, we enjoyed long side-by-side views of the buteo next to a Northern Harrier, by far the most common raptor at Croton Point.


from Latin buteo 'buzzard, hawk'.

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